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The History Council of NSW (HCNSW) is seeking to employ a


The position is for two days (16 hrs) a week from early March until 31 December 2024, with a possibility of extension, subject to funding.

Applications have now closed:  (Monday, 19 February 2024)





The History Council of NSW, Inc (HCNSW) believes that history shapes the present and the future. Through its work as a membership association and peak body in this state for historical organisations, the HCNSW fosters the practice and communication of history.

For 29 years, and from a base within Sydney, the HCNSW has proven itself to be well-governed and relevant to its members, a supportive partner to many of the major cultural and academic institutions in NSW, and a positive force in the wider community, providing programs and services which showcase excellence and build capacity within the history sector.

Funded by an annual operational grant from Create NSW, the HCNSW has received funding to enable the fixed-term employment of a Project Officer until the end of December, 2024.  It is anticipated that this position will continue after that time, funding permitting.

A key strategic goal in our current Business Plan is to “recognise the diversity of historical perspectives, including those of First Nations peoples, and encourage excellence in historical practice” as well as “(To) Increase knowledge & understanding of the different forms of Historic Practice”. To achieve this goal we are seeking to employ a Project Officer who will develop a program of activities that consolidates our work on First Nations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) histories and complements our current initiatives. 

Information about our past First Nations Histories projects can be found on this page.



An exciting opportunity exists for a Project Officer to join our small, but passionate team which is primarily based in Sydney, with work from home arrangements in place for all staff. The role is based broadly in NSW. The Project Officer is accountable for reviewing, researching, recommending and producing First Nations programs for HCNSW Members and general audiences.

The Project Officer works to establish and coordinate key partnerships to ensure effective program management and delivery.

Duties and desired outcomes of the Project Officer role will include:

In liaison with HCNSW Staff, Councillors & HCNSW First Nations Subcommittee Members:

  • Review the 2024 program of events and identify opportunities for First Nations involvement or current barriers to participation;
  • Research & recommend new/additional event/content ideas to be produced in 2024 (eg Workshops, Seminars, Talks given by First Nations historians in collaboration with our cultural partners)
  • Research and recommend new First Nations programs for HCNSW members (eg Historical research and internships with a First Nations focus)
  • Create and expand networks connecting the HCNSW, its partner organisations and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities with a view to embedding  First Nations voices and perspectives into the future operations of the HCNSW
  • Evaluate program outcomes.

ABOUT YOU (Essential Criteria)

  • Extensive lived experience researching and coordinating event programs, including program development, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation 
  • Evidence of ability to communicate effectively with First Nations peoples and communities 
  • A strong understanding and working knowledge of the diverse circumstances and cultures of First Nations peoples, particularly in the state of New South Wales 
  • Evidence of a strong network of First Nations contacts across several communities, and proven abilities to expand these networks 
  • Proven experience in project management (research and events)
  • Ability to maintain positive public relations with external stakeholders, HCNSW partners and colleagues.


Through our internal programs and employee benefits we aim to create an environment where you will feel supported by a First Nations Council member and subcommittee, and empowered to undertake your role effectively.   

These benefits include:

  • Doing meaningful work that will help illuminate community understanding of First Nations histories 
  • Flexible work environment – Work from Home, with some flexibility of hours
  • Location – the successful candidate will be resident in New South Wales and have access to internet capacity to conduct video meetings

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply for this position. 

Closing date for Applications: Monday, 19 February 2024


If this opportunity appeals to you and suits your skills, we would love to have a confidential conversation with you. Please reach out to our Executive & Strategic Development Officer Please note that applications and Resumes will not be considered through this email address, and are only to be submitted via our online portal, accessed via the button above.

Applicants are advised that the HCNSW reserves the right to conduct police checks and other screening procedures. 


Please fill out the application form via the button above, which includes the selection criteria.  Include the following attachments:

  1. A brief cover letter (do not address the selection criteria in this letter – please address it in the online form).
  2. A Resume

Referees – contact details of referees must be submitted within the online application form.

Applicants are advised that the HCNSW reserves the right to conduct police checks and other screening procedures. 



If you have further enquiries about this role or the application process after reviewing the application form, please contact Catherine Shirley, Executive & Strategic Development Officer of the HCNSW, at

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This employment opportunity is supported by
the NSW Government through Create NSW.